Paper Roll/tube Watches

Today we learnt the letter “W” in class and drew and coloured watches. Along with that we also discussed how watches look, what shapes they can be and what numbers they have etc. As we did all that, we made these really cool and simple watches.

Materials

1. Empty Paper Roll (Toilette roll or kitchen towel roll )
2. Used gift wrapper
3. A piece of string
4. Glue
6. Colour Pens

Cut the Paper Rolls into pieces and snip it as shown below.

Some used gift wrapping material

I cut them into strips and asked the kids to roll it around the paper roll pieces.
Make small slits on the two ends of the roll and insert a string as below.
Cut out circles. The kids then coloured the circles with crayons and then we wrote the numbers around it.
Here are our watches
The children were very pleased to wear them.

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Melting Crayons

First things first, today is my daughter’s birthday and here is small note to her. For this blog would not exist if not for her.

************************************************************Dear A,

3 years back when I held you, a tiny little thing in my hands, I remember being so unsure of myself. There were so many doubts and apprehensions. How would I ever know how to be a mother? Would I take the right decision and give you the right direction?

Little did I know, it would be you who would give my life a new direction. Today things have changed and because of you I continue growing and becoming me. Every day with you is a an adventure, a challenge. Its like fairy lights, rainbows  and thunderstorms all rolled into one. Thank you for coming into my life and making it what it is.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart.
Hugs
Amma

p.s – I hope you enjoyed the melting crayon activity today

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So I had seen some melted crayon art on google images and have been wanting to do a similar version with my daughter.

1. We took a small piece of paper and used some masking  tape to cover a small area at the bottom of the page where we wanted to place an umbrella.

2.We then taped some broken crayons on the top edge. When taping did not work we used the clothes line clips to hold the crayons vertically on the top edge of the paper.

3. My daughter then held the hair-drier and pointed it towards the crayon ends and I held the paper vertically so that the melted crayons could pour downwards. We placed a tissue paper at the bottom in order to avoid making a mess of the floor.

4.  The whole process is beautiful. The crayons melt and move downwards and when they dry, the texture is amazing. I do not have snaps of all the steps unfortunately but will do this activity again and update the post with better snaps.

5. Once the paper was dry we cut out an umbrella and pasted it as below.

Masking tape or sellotape on paper.( Our paper was of a gloss finish so regular sellotape worked)

A close up of the textures

The final picture.
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Now since this activity got over too quickly and my daughter wanted to continue colouring with crayons,  I modified the process a bit and gave her a paper with some masking tape stuck at the bottom and asked her to draw vertical stokes all over the paper with any colour she chose. Then we removed the tapes and brought on the umbrella.

We did try pointing the hair drier at the second picture but other than some gaining a slightly smoother texture we could not achieve much.

So are you melting your crayons today?

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Pine cone peacock and owls

The other day when we were collecting leaves for our leafy fishes we also chanced upon some pine cones. My daughter found them really curious and we carried home a few of them. We had forgotten about them until this morning.

I had some party hats lying around at home and decided to use one of that to make the feathers of the peacock. We drew and cut out face and neck out of construction paper and my daughter enjoyed painting it. We even found a blue stone for the eye.

Once we had all the parts ready we just played around to find the perfect way to insert the party hat as feathers. The same went for the face and neck. Lastly, we found two bits of blue paper for the feet and there you are, your pine cone peacock is done.Yes, it is as easy as that and over in jiffy too.

 However our crafty needs were far from being fulfilled for the day. We decided to work on 2 owls. My daughter wanted us to make a baby owl and its mama. 
To start with we cut out two sets of large eyes and triangular noses. My daughter quite diligently painted.( She needed some help with eyes though) 
The next step was to cut semicircles for the wings and colour them.
After that, all we needed was a little bit of glue to bring it all together. Don’t they look just adorable? 
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Top 3 crafts to do this week

Like always I want to appreciate and share some wonderful preschool crafts I found online.

1.This week I found Letter of the week Crafts by Crystal and co. You may have heard of them already because they are so amazing but if you have not and have a toddler or a preschooler at home, you have to visit this page.

They have so many activities listed our for every alphabet and have cute little rhyme too in the end.

2. Red Ted Art has these cute owls made out of Juice Cartons here. Don’t do you think they are awesome?

Juice Carton Crafts: Owl Bird Feeder

3. Lastly my daughter and I have always loved to play with vegetables and colours, like we did with our Lady’s Finger Vegetable Garden.  I found this Veggie printing and thought this is a must share as this is by far the easiest activity to assemble and most kids love the messy fun so much.

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Leafy Fishes

Who says craft is only for rainy days?  Yesterday the sun was out and we( My daughter and I) decided to go out and explore our surroundings for different types of leaves.

We washed and dried those leaves first and then started out on our leaf fishes.

1. We first painted a plain white A4 sheets with blue water colours and added some green and yellow along the sides for water algae and flora

2. We then played around with leaves by placing them on the paper to find the best fit for fishes and then used glue to stick them.

3. Then came the drawing of fins, faces, tails with a marker and our leafy fish aquarium picture is complete!

This is a very easy and great way to engage your child for a whole morning. Let the leafy time begin!

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Reusable Picture Frames

When weekends are ruined by rain and we have to stay in, we have to put on our crafty hats and get something going.
My daughter was in a very bad mood this morning and so I asked her if she would like to paint, only to get a resounding NO. Crayons? NO. 
So I told her we could hang her painting on a frame and that she could hang it up where ever she wants. That got her interested.
I drew a house with a black pen on a white sheet of paper and let her do her work with watercolours.
Resulted in this
We then took a sheet of black construction paper and drew two lines on either side so that the above painting could be slipped in between them. We then made a slit along the two parallel lines drawn.
Using a piece of string and the slits already made, I fashioned a loop which can be used to hand the frame anywhere.
Then we slipped in the painting between the slits and viola , we have our quick Painting f=Frame ready.
My daughter was super excited with her frame and I am sure your child would be too. There is a lot to say about motivation via an opportunity to showcase. The best part is you can replace the painting with a new one any time.

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Top 3 crafts to do this week

Th Internet is full of awesome folks who generate these amazing ideas. I have always loved reading and  bookmarking pages of crafts I thought interesting. Here are some for you.

Leaf Doodling With Metallic Pens

Leaf Doodling With Metallic Pens

I realize preschoolers may not have great coordination and hand control to do these amazing doodles. However, its a fun way to practice working those tiny hands.


Foot and Hand Print Parrot

 I found this really cool pin on Amber Solan’s Board. A bit messy perhaps but something to love. 


What Do We Wear

My preschooler is super choosy about what she wants to wear and I do have a hard time making her understand the co-relation between weather and the clothes you wear.  This is a fun way to get them to understand the dress for weather concept.

What Do I Wear? Make Weather Clothing Tags Activity

 

Until next week then.Keep those tiny hands busy!